Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Indonesian Consul General in Kuching Yonny Tri Prayitno confirmed the consulate general had facilitated the repatriation of two Indonesian migrant workers ailing from health issues from Malaysia through the Aruk border crossing, Sambas, West Kalimantan.

"The consulate general has assisted the repatriation of two migrant workers suffering from illness in Malaysia, and they have made it through the Aruk border crossing today," Consul General Prayitno stated from Kuching, Sarawak, Thursday.

Prayitno noted that the first repatriated migrant worker was identified as Abu Hatayus, a resident of Bengkayang, West Kalimantan.

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"We earlier received a report from the Sarawak Regional Hospital in Kuching that informed Abu Hatayus was hospitalized after suffering a stroke," Prayitno stated.

The Sarawak Regional Hospital earlier contacted the consulate general to inquire about the patient's identity, as he arrived in the hospital without any identification data, and the hospital suspected him to be an Indonesian citizen.

"After the patient is confirmed as being an Indonesian citizen, the hospital requested assistance from the consulate to repatriate the patient, so he could receive medical attention in his country of origin," Prayitno affirmed.

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The second repatriated migrant worker was identified as Edimin, who hailed from Singkawang, West Kalimantan. He requested the consulate general's assistance to repatriate him after suffering from hypertension, swollen foot, and tetanus.

"The repatriation process for the two Indonesian migrant workers went smoothly with no issues. The repatriated Indonesians have been declared COVID-19 negative after undergoing COVID-19 testing at the hospital where they are treated," Prayitno stated.

After arriving at the Aruk border crossing, the two migrant workers would be handled by the Migrant Worker Repatriation Task Force and border officials. The repatriated Indonesians will first follow COVID-19 prevention measures before being admitted to the hospital for further medical treatment, he noted.

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Translator: Andilala/Slamet A, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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